FCC Fines Mississippi AM, Okays Iowa Sale
June 2, 2008 at 5:56 PM (PT)
MICHAEL H. GLASS has been fined $1,500 for violations at his WMER-A/MERIDIAN, MS. GLASS was accused of not having an operational Emergency Alert System or STL license and also was operating past sunset with daytime power. The fine was reduced from $16,000 due to inability to pay and past compliance.
The Commission also rejected a challenge by JOHN DUNNEGAN to the sale of four stations in IOWA by CLEAR CHANNEL through GAPWEST to two buyers, one owned by the son of the other company's owner. PRITCHARD BROADCASTING, owned by JOHN T. PRITCHARD, is acquiring KBKB-A/FT. MADISON, IA and KBUR-AM/BURLINGTON, IA for $900,000, while TITAN BROADCASTING, owned by son JOHN C. PRITCHARD, is acquiring KBKB-F/FT. MADISON, IA and KGRS/BURLINGTON, IA for $2.1 million. DUNNEGAN claimed that the arrangement was a "clever way to elude the FCC and bypass multiple ownership laws." The Commission said that DUNNEGAN had not demostrated that the two companies would operate the stations together and that a familial relationship is not enough to show a violation of ownership limits.
DICK BROADCASTING has also been fined $1,000 for public file violations at WKZL/WINSTON-SALEM, NC, reduced from $9,000 based on the licensee's representation that the missing quarterly issues-programs lists were generated and placed in the file but were subsequently accidentally discarded.
The Commission granted GAFFNEY BROADCASTING INC.'s move of WNOW-F/GAFFNEY, SC's city of license to BESSEMER CITY, NC, into the CHARLOTTE market, over the objections of WILLIAM B. CLAY, who challenged BESSEMER CITY's qualification for a first local service and raised the issue of the new facility's shortspacing to other stations and the possibiluty that its specified site is unavailable. CLAY also objected to the station's flip to Regional Mexican (under an LMA to DAVIDSON MEDIA GROUP) as not providing the local community with local service.
And WESTERN SLOPE COMMUNICATIONS has been fined $13,000 for lighting, monitoring, record keeping, and notification requirement violations for the tower used by FOUR CORNERS BROADCASTING Sports KRGS-A (ESPN RADIO 690)/RIFLE, CO.